Programme of Catalytic Support to Implement the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in West Asia and North Africa
The "Programme of Catalytic Support to Implement the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in West Asia and North Africa – Phase V" ended in June 2017. It was implemented by the UNDP GC-RED within the framework of the Integrated Drylands Development Programme, a global UNDP initiative to advance UNCCD implementation and sustainable development in drylands. The Programme was financed by the Government of Finland, with significant contributions from partner countries. More >
The Programme and its partners invested significant efforts to document and share the good practices and lessons learnt from implementation. Prominent among these efforts was the preparation of major publications on "Programme Oasis Sud (POS)" in Morocco and “El-Brek/Kasserine” in Tunisia, as well as a series of videos on the “Governance of Drinking Water in Rural Areas” to support national replication and scaling-up efforts in Tunisia. The POS experience was shared globally through a case study, “Living Oasis - The Fight against Desertification in Morocco”, published in the prestigious publication “Land for Life: Create Wealth, Transform Lives” (World Bank, 2016, pp. 68-82).
Women play an important role in drylands development, managing land, crops, forestry and water resources. However, women not only experience the marginalization of the dryland zone where they live, but they also face specific forms of discrimination related to gender and other kinds of social difference. The promotion of gender equality is an essential development goal and vital to achieving sustainable and inclusive drylands development.
The promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment was a core commitment of the Programme. Interventions were supported both at the global level, within UNCCD processes, and at the national level in partner countries as highlighted in the final programme report.
Sustainability of Achievements
Ensuring the sustainability of achievements was an integral consideration of Programme design. A sustainability strategy was adopted at the onset of the Programme including the following elements:
- Securing national ownership: The partners were directly involved in the design and implementation of the Programme, including through an active role in its Advisory Committee.
- Mobilizing funding from national resources: The strong ownership of the interventions led to a significant mobilization of financial resources from national sources.
- Strengthening capacities of national partners: The partners led the design and implementation of the interventions, with technical guidance provided by the Programme, leading to enhanced capacities and institutionalizing of results.
- Documenting and sharing Programme experience: Significant efforts were invested to document and share the good practices and lessons learnt from implementation.
- Supporting national scaling-up efforts: The interventions were implemented within the framework of larger national initiatives which provided an enabling framework for the Programme to support replication and scaling-up of good practices.
For more information regarding the sustainability of achievements, please consult the final report.